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How do I keep a horror-like feeling with supernatural powered PCs?

I'm going to use Savage Worlds to run a horror campaign in a modern day setting; think X-Files or Supernatural. My players all agree and are excited about the horror concept, but they want to be able ...
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Help with the Pathfinder sCoreSpell excel tool

For those unaware, sCoreSpell is a free Excel-based spreadsheet character creation tool for Pathfinder, and part of sCoreForge. I'm not really sure how the spell book or prepared spells tabs work. ...
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Can someone help me optimize my Elan Psion (3.5)?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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Where does the damage bonus for the level 1 pre-gen characters come from?

My friends and I have just started playing D&D. We have played through the Red Box and we decided to keep playing D&D so we downloaded the play-test materials for D&D Next. I read through ...
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What bonuses do(n't) apply to Rend?

Rend says If it hits with two or more natural attacks in 1 round, a creature with the rend special attack can cause tremendous damage by latching onto the opponent's body and tearing flesh. This ...
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How do I read the Attack line on power cards in D&D 4e?

I've just recently started playing D&D 4e through the Red Box, and I am confused about how to fill in the power cards. So, take Nimbus of Holy Shielding for instance. I understand the Target and ...
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What are the differences between Shadowrun 4th and 5th edition that I should know about?

A short while ago Shadowrun 5th edition was released. I've played a lot of Shadowrun a long time ago (mostly SR2 and SR3, some SR4). So what are the main differences that someone coming from ...
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Are Compendium Classes from pre-release still valid?

I have several Dungeon World compendium classes for the Red Book era and I wonder if they still work / are intended to be used with the game as released. Examples off the top of my head include: The ...
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How can established settings contact each other, and are there rules about it?

I've actually had some of my questions answered browsing through the forums; however, I wanted to address some issues that may come of my conclusions! First off, I haven't DM'd since the first ...
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What is a good way to get regular people interested in D&D? [closed]

How do I get regular people, non-gamers, into playing D&D? Anybody have any useful ideas?
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How could I procure an Illithid mask?

I'm playing going to be playing Elementum, a LARP (or in french, Grandeur Nature) on the south bank of Montreal. Their rulebooks account for Illithids (mind flayers), which seem to be really fun to ...
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What information a DM should have at hand when in an encounter?

I am currently playing D&D 4th edition and will be DMing soon. The party consists of 7 characters (mine included, even though I am a DM). I will be running a quest that I created myself and ...
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Feat or minimal LA template to gain Aberration type

I’m looking for a way to give a 1st-level character the Aberration type, without simply being an Aberration because the race is already fixed (non-psionic thri-kreen, i.e. Monstrous Humanoid ...
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What works on a creature targeted by an antimagic ray?

The Antimagic Ray is a spell originally from Draconomicon, updated in the Spell Compendium. Here's all the extracts from the text we need to analyze the case, or so I believe. The target functions ...
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Is it possible to start with non 1st level character in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

I love the idea and I would love to incorporate my players, I'm GM, in Organized Play. Will it be possible or they must start playing with other characters at first level?
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What bonuses and penalties do 4-hoofed race impose?

I'd like to play a centaur character from races of wild and I'm interested what skill penalties and bonuses I would face. Centaur stands firmly on his 4 hoofs and I found no clues if doing so gives ...
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How can I keep the nature and capacity of NPCs hidden to generate a fear of the unknown?

In traditional games such as D&D, the mechanics of the NPCs you face are generally an unknown quantity. The players and the characters only have a rough idea of what an NPC is capable of, based on ...
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Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core?

Is Fate Accelerated Edition lighter in tone than Fate Core? To rephrase is Fate Core inherently better at running dark or noir games than Fate Accelerate Edition? This is the impression given by the ...
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How does the “Any” descriptor work in Legend?

In the recently released 1.0 version of Legend, is the Elemental Pony racial track lists the Combat Offensive Modifier as "Any". Does this mean that I may select any ability score other than the ...
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There was a system that had “Step-Damage” I am seeking the game systems name

The step damage system was something like this: For step 7 you rolled a d10 as it rolls 5.5 on average. For step 7 you would roll 2d6 as the average is 3.5 per die and that adds up to 7 (for non ...
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How can I balance magic in a setting that imposes penalties on its use?

I am starting an adventure in a custom setting that may end up as a campaign, depending on popularity. However, part of what makes the setting unique is that magic is illegal and severely punished by ...
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Perception Check for an Ambush

I'm a new DM, but I've been playing DnD for a little while now. As of right now I'm running pre-made campaigns until I get the hang of DMing enough to make my own. Right now we're running Keep on the ...
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Turning a PC into an NPC

I can't recall if there are rules or guidelines when converting a player character into a monster with an XP value and proper abilities so they are not over-powered. If someone could tell me if they ...
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Would Storytelling System (WoD's ruleset) work for a post-apocalypse setting?

Is the World of Darkness ruleset suited for some wasteland adventures or am I on thin ice? The scenario I have in mind is along the lines of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R setting, implementing the supernatural ...
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What happens to boosts that are obviated by the narrative?

During a quick Fate session, two characters were engaged in a duel, during which an onlooker was hurled into the fray, resulting in one duelist gaining the boost Petticoats and Fluff on the other. ...
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What are the changes between editions?

What changes are there between each edition so that I can update earlier edition modules more easily? I have many modules for Call of Cthulhu that I have picked up over the years but I only own 3rd ...
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Master of Flame (Paragon Path) and Flaming Weapon

Master of Flame paragon path has a level 12 Utility Power called Burning Transformation. Burning Transformation - You transform into a creature of fire until the end of the encounter. While in ...
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Rogue Talent: Offensive Defense

I've seen arguments going both ways on this so I don't know how to rule this. If a rogue with Offensive Defense gets multiple sneak attacks in one round does the bonus AC stack? Example: A level 5 ...
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How can I judge if combat in a dungeon room attracts attention?

A question that usually props up at my table is "If we start a fight in this room, will we attract any attention?" I guess usually this refers to the noise and din of combat. So, say the party is ...
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How to make players carry a bomb and not know anything about it

So for my first run with Shadowrun 5th edition I want to start with what seems like a simple courier mission to a Yakuza gang. Mr. Johnson has a package to be transported to the rendezvous point with ...
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Can a martial character ready the same maneuver multiple times simultaneously?

All the martial classes from ToB have different methods of preparing and re-preparing maneuvers, but the basic mechanics are pretty much the same for all of them (well, maybe just two, except the ...
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How do transfers of ownership affect artifact concordance?

My adventuring party recently completed Gardmore Abbey and has possession of of the Deck of Many Things. The starting concordance score included a bonus for having reassembled the Deck, which was ...
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Designing stats for ReBoot Tabletop game

As a personal project I am working on creating a tabletop game based on one of my favorite childhood shows. The show is ReBoot. One of the things I am having a rough time designing is a simple stat ...
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Reaving Ammunition & spending a move action

Reaving ammunition states: When you hit an enemy with an attack using this ammunition, that enemy also takes ongoing 5 damage until it spends a move action (without moving) to end the ongoing ...
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Is FATE a suitable system for a dungeon crawl?

I usually play and run campaigns of a story-based, narrative nature, and have long been drawn to the FATE system, although I have only recently had a chance to start looking at it in depth. I am ...
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Can Druids use Sylvan to speak with animals without using the spell?

In order for Druids to speak to animals (deer, owls, lions, etc.), are they required to use Speak With Animals spell, or would speaking Sylvan also accommodate this? Or does Sylvan only apply to ...
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Setting up a new world scenario, any good planetary system references? [closed]

I'm trying to put together a new planetary system. A larger than earth planet, in a binary-sun system, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a set of books, websites, or software that would make my job ...
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How do Prestige Classes that advance spellcasting interact with racial spellcasting ability?

For example Lets use the Marrutact from Sandstorm, it can cast as a 5th level wizard. if it then takes a prestige class that requires the ability to cast 1st level Arcane spells and advances arcane ...
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Persistent Threat and Rain of Steel

Are you able to make opportunity attacks if you're dazed and has the feat Persisent Threat? Persistent Threat - While you are dazed, you can still flank enemies, and you can take an opportunity action ...
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At-will Spellcasting in 3.5

My gaming group is currently playing a game in 3.5e, but I have done some of the DnDnext playtests and find myself very intrigued by the wizard class' at-will cantrips, and I was wondering if there ...
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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...
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What is the point of force sensitive only talents being marked in a talent tree for force sensitives

In Star Wars: Edge of the Empire there is a single force talent tree called "Force Sensitive Exile". In the blurb about this tree it says "In Edge of the Empire, the primary way one becomes a ...
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Where is the best place to introduce your own Pen&Paper System?

I am working on a tabletop RPG (SteamDICE) that uses lots of online integration (web-based and mobile devices), but to kick start the project to the next stage, we need supporters, backers and ...
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Is there an unarmed strike proficiency in D&D 3.5, and, if there is, do monks get it for free?

I'm trying to settle a coffee break argument - does a weapon proficiency for unarmed strike exist (either explicitly, or under some other more general weapon proficiency) under D&D 3.5 rules, and, ...
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Area of effect attacks: roll once per attack or one per victim?

If a grenade or a Blast affects two zombies, three werewolves, and their evil leader (a WC), how many times do I roll for damage? The Savage Worlds Deluxe on p70 says that: "Everything under (or ...
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What are the gameplay implications for choosing Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition?

I am shortly going to be starting a game of Fate with my friends, using either Fate Core or Fate Accelerated Edition (hereafter just “Core” and “Accelerated”). I am well aware they are both the same ...
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Does Thunder Hooves Rage damage stack with itself?

Can a barbarian move back and forth through an enemy space to stack Thunder Hooves damage? Thunder Hooves Rage Daily Standard Action      Melee Weapon Target: One ...
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491 views

Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest?

Should I use a map when playing Mines of Madness in the D&D Next playtest? I can't tell if it's suppose to be run with the map or not. This will be our first time playing D&D.
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Do any of the pre-gens have daily powers?

I've heard about dailies but I'm new to D&D and will be starting a game with the D&D Next playtest materials. Are there any daily powers in the pre-generated character sheets we will be ...
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Must a situation's obvious characteristics be explicitly made into aspects?

I've never played Fate before and am learning from Fate Accelerated Edition with occasional reference to Fate Core. For the most part, it has been straightforward. On the other hand, I am somewhat ...

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